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Greek Earthquakes

Greek: Ελληνικο σεισμος
Plates in Greece: Eurasia, Aegean and Anatolia
Major Earthquakes: 1999 Athens, 1953 Ionian and 365 Crete

Earthquake plates that run through Greece.

Earthquake plates that run through Greece.

Greece is one of the world’s most seismically active countries. Most of the earthquakes that occur are relatively mild but there is always the potential for more severe earthquakes. Thus, modern Greek buildings are built to be safe during earthquakes. Most of Crete, Greece, and the Greek islands are contained in a box of fault lines running in different directions. These include: Eurasia, Aegean and Anatolia plate. This is in addition to the earthquake potential from the still-lively volcanoes, including the Nysiros Volcano, thought by some experts to be overdue for a major eruption.

Many of the quakes that strike Greece have their epicenters under the sea. The ancient Greeks attributed earthquakes to the God of the Sea, Poseidon, perhaps because so many of them were centered under the waters. One severe quake was the Athens Earthquake of 1999, which struck just outside of Athens. Itstruck some of the poorest suburbs in Athens destroying over a hundred buildings and killing more than a hundred people.

On March 18, 1953 a quake called the Yenice-Gonen Quake struck Turkey and Greece, resulting in the devastation of a number of places and islands. Only a few months later on August 12, 1953 an earthquake struck the Ionian islands, especially the island of Kefalonia (see video below). Many of the”typical” Greek buildings we see on the islands today actually date from after these quakes, which occurred before modern building codes were in place. There was also the Cretan earthquake of 365. It was an undersea earthquake with an assumed epicenter near Crete and was higher than an 8 on the Richter Scale causing widespread destruction.

1953 kefalonia Eartquake :

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